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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 6, 2009 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Hey SD--can't recall if you were in on the discussion some time back about HKB Pk--under lava now, right?

Captured three huge Marine Toads there on my first visit in 1970...nobody but nobody around there then...

Great spot.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Wow! I didn't arrive until '79 and there was nothing there then either. A very special place, a magical place. A place of unearthly power and beauty until the lava consumed it in May of 1990. I camped there a lot. Very mystical. I have wonderful memories from those days.
As a "Dead-related" footnote, Jerry played a benefit in Hilo shortly after this happened for Earth Day. I have seen pictures of Jerry touring the volcano during the time. Here are some more pics.
There was quite a bit of drama wrapped up in all of this. The last hold-out to the lava flow was a guy named Walter who owned a store at Kalapana. It was the place everybody used to stop at. During the eruption Walter made sacrifices to Pele, the goddess of the volcano according to Hawaiian religion. CNN even sent in a team to cover the stand off between Walter and the lava flow. It went on for many days. One day he ceased his sacrifices and gave his land over to the goddess Pele. Shortly after, the lava that had surrounded the store for days consumed the building. Here you see the store and the aftermath.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 7, 2009 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Very nice (? well, you know) pics!

Thanks, SD!

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 8, 2009 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

W.S. Merwin live anywhere around there??

:)

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

I'm not familiar with his work, but I believe he lives on Maui.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Skydawg :just saw your awsome pics of store Kalapana .So hot pool gone too ,i guess

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 9, 2009 1:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

So sorry I didn't answer you sooner skies. No, the hot ponds survived. The majestic cold pond, the "Queen's Bath", that I posted a picture of, did not. I really miss that place.
There is more than one hot pond though. There is one at Pohoiki and one on the highway to Kalapana. I was confused which hot pond you meant.

Unfortunately, the beach town of Kalapana no longer exists . The pictures I posted were of it's destruction.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-09-09 08:28:30

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Sky dawg ,!I don't remember the name of hot pool ,as it was so far back in late 70's when I was there ! It was very close to a beach ,straight down from Pahoa and before Kalapana is all I can recall !

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:38am
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Near Pohoiki beach ,maybe ! Queens bath ; i remember name only ,but a clear site memory was a huge cold water pool with a cliff really people would jump from ,into pool . But i don't remember whereabouts of this place . There were also little pits of steam where I took hot saunas somewhere !Now i am half a planet away !!!

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

W.Tell I was on Big Island late 70's !

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